FAFSA

Will Colleges Know If I Live with My Mom or My Dad?

Question: I am a senior applying to colleges this year. My parents are divorced and share joint custody.  For grades 9 through 11, I lived mainly with my mom, but last month I moved in with my father on something of a trial basis. A couple of the colleges on my list require only the ...

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Dealing with Disappointing Financial Aid Packages

Today, I’m turning over the content of my blog post to another David — David Harrity of College Choice. David and I were discussing what high school seniors, who have just been accepted to college, and their families can do when those acceptances are roadblocked by a less-than-adequate financial aid package. This is an all ...

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The Devil’s in The Debt

Okay, high school seniors … let’s summarize. You probably have piled somewhere, the results of your college quest: the good news (acceptances) and the not so good news (rejections) or, possibly worse, waitlistings. Waitlistings seem to be the tool of choice these days with highly competitive colleges. You can read my thoughts on waitlists elsewhere ...

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The FAFSA Made Easy

I have written here before about being the parent of two college graduates. I write this post today for the benefit of you parents (and high school juniors) who will be dealing with the college process this fall. One of the main memories I have as a college Dad is what it took every year ...

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Faster FAFSAs

As the parent of two former college students, I recall my FAFSA days (or should I say “daze”?) with not-so-fond emotions. Filling out financial aid forms was a form of procrastinated drudgery that I don’t think about with nostalgia. Both of my children went to private colleges. That resulted in the Terrible Trio, as I ...

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Juniors: Look Ahead to Paying for College

Today I’d like to address high school juniors and their parents. We’re nearing the end of another school year. After classes end for you this spring, you will become “rising” seniors. Hopefully, during this junior year, you had a chance to begin (or continue) your discussions with your parents about your college process. If you ...

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Innovative College Apps

I was doing some New Year’s file cleaning on my computer and stumbled upon this article from January 2013: The 21 Winners Of The Facebook, Gates Foundation Education App Contest Are Making College Easier. The competition originated as the College Knowledge Challenge, under, in part, the heavy-hitter umbrella of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Here’s ...

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What to Know about the New FAFSA Changes for 2017-2018

Today’s article was submitted by David White. If you’ve been paying attention to state of higher education over the last year or so, you’ve likely heard some commentary or concerns over the rising cost of college in the United States. Indeed, the cost of a college education has been steadily rising over the last several years, ...

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Terms for The Uninitiated

There are many specialized terms associated with college admissions. If you are an observer of or participant in College Confidential’s discussion forum, you have no doubt encountered a few strange terms about which you may need to know more. So, today I thought that I would attempt to cover some of the language of college ...

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Dealing with Student Loans

Families in the “full pay” for college category are in the minority. As we’ve discussed before here, there are a number of ways to find out how much your family will have to pay for your college education. The FAFSA, CSS Profile, and college-specific financial aid forms are all intended to assess a family’s ability ...

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